She pulled into the motel, happy to have made her getaway, but apprehensive that, perhaps, she had made the wrong choice.
There was no doubt that she wanted a fresh start, a new direction. And she did what she felt she had to do to make it happen. But something didn’t feel right.
What if it didn’t work out? What if she wasn’t the person she thought she was? What if she made a fool of herself?
She had certainly made mistakes in the past, so what right did she have to expect something different this time around?
Suddenly, a knock on the door. “Hello?” she answered meekly. “Room service”, the voice responded. As she opened the door, she was horrified to find, a crowd of her peers sneeringly judging the choices she had made…
Who's the real judge?
Sometimes we have a hard time fully stepping into our decision to change.
It’s true, some in our world are not forgiving of mistakes.
But many times, the one we most need forgiveness from is ourselves.
By forgiving ourselves of past mistakes, and allowing ourselves the latitude to make them as we traverse the space of something new, we release ourselves from our self-imposed prison and grant ourselves permission to learn.
Mistakes are a part of learning, and without them, we limit our ability to fully step out into the world, and into our change.
Caution during change may be wise in some cases, but if the reason for our caution is to protect our reputation, or a fear of failing, then we limit our ability to succeed. Our fear and hesitation dooms us to fail before we even begin.
So rather than fearing mistakes, embrace them. Learn from them. Value them. Identify with them. And by accepting our own propensity for imperfection, we may find that others will too.
About the Author
Megan Rounds, Ed.D. is owner and principle perculator of perculcha, llc.
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